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Yobuko Otsunahiki (Tug of War)

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Name
Yobuko Otsunahiki (Tug of War)
Address
Yobuko town, Saga prefecture
Description
This is a traditional festival which began in the times of the Bunroku and Keicho invasions on Korea (1592 - 1598), when Hideyoshi Toyotomi, in order to boost the morale of his soldiers stationed at Nagoya Castle, had Kiyomasa Kato and Masanori Fukushima divided their troops to the east and west respectively and played tug-of-war using rope from a warship.
Today, the townspeople divide into "okagumi" (hill team) and "hamagumi" (beach team) and men and women, young and old, play tug-of-war with a huge rope of 200 meters in length. The pulling begins with the sounding of a gong and a fire arrow, and if the hill team wins it is said the year will produce abundant crops, while if the beach team wins, it is said there will be great hauls of fish that year.
Date of photo shooting
June 2005
Shooting Time
Noon
Weather at the Time of Shooting
Cloud
Category
indigenous entertainments/festivals/intangible cultural assets

Contact info for inquiries

Name
SAGA Prefectural Film Commission
Address
New building of 1st floor of the Saga Prefectural Office, 1-1-59 Jonai, Saga city, Saga Prefecture 840-8570
Website
http://www.saga-fc.jp
Contact Information
TEL:+81-952-25-7296
FAX:+81-952-25-7443
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